Supporting academic publication: Evaluation of a writing course combined with writers' support group

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Title Supporting academic publication: Evaluation of a writing course combined with writers' support group
Author Rickard, Claire; McGrail, Matthew R; Jones, Rebecca; O'Meara, Peter; Robinson, Anske; Burley, Mollie; Ray-Barruel, Gillian Anne
Journal Name Nurse Education Today
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Hull, UK
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Publication rates are a vital measure of individual and institutional performance, yet many nurse academics publish rarely or not at all. Despite widespread acceptance of the need to increase academic publication rates and the pressure university faculty may experience to fulfil this obligation, little is known about the effectiveness of practical strategies to support academic writing. In this small cohort study (n=8) comprising nurses and other professionals involved in university education, a questionnaire survey was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a one-week “Writing for Publication” course combined with a monthly writers support group to increase publication rates. Two-year pre and post submissions increased from 9 to 33 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Publications (in print) per person increased from a baseline of 0.5 to 1.2 per year. Participants reported increased writing confidence and greater satisfaction with the publishing process. Peer support and receiving recognition and encouragement from line managers were also cited as incentives to publish. Writing for publication is a skill that can be learned. The evaluated model of a formal writing course, followed by informal monthly group support meetings, can effectively increase publication rates.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.nurseeducationtoday.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2008.11.005
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 29
Page from 516
Page to 521
ISSN 0260-6917
Date Accessioned 2009-05-29
Date Available 2009-07-24T06:35:46Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24828
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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